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Blue Gum Hills bush regeneration

Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

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Are you a history buff? Do you enjoy gardening? Volunteer with Blue Gum Hills Landcare group and help clear the way for native vegetation in Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, near Newcastle.

Bush regeneration, weed and pest management

3rd Saturday of every month

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Help stop weeds from invading this historical environment on the NSW North Coast. During this volunteer activity, we’ll work together to clear the site for the next planting, and make sure these new plants are surviving.

While we’re removing weeds, you’ll get to see the heritage old rail corridor that serviced the JA Brown collieries in the late 1800s. We’ll talk about open-cut mining, and how it degraded native bush in the area in the mid-1900s.

The Blue Gum Hills Landcare group has been clearing massive weed infestations (largely lantana) along the old rail corridor for over a decade. As a result, Heritage walking track has been transformed into a pleasant walk in the park. Featuring trees that are up to 4m high, with understorey plantings and native vegetation.

As we move along the track, you’ll see the section of the rail corridor where pit ponies would have pulled the coal hoppers. You might even catch a glimpse of the lyre birds or glossy black cockatoos that frequent the area. After working for about 3hrs, we’ll share some morning tea with a hot cuppa.

Remember to wear closed shoes, a long sleeve shirt and pants. Bring a hat, sunscreen, a raincoat, snacks, lunch, drinking water and gardening gloves. Tools and a hardhat are supplied.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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